The Most Offensive Verses in the Bible

I composed a list of what the verses I think society find most offensive in the Scriptures. Based on experience personally and virtually, these verses/teachings/passages seem to bother the unbelievers the most:

1) Romans 1: 24-26
“Therefore <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NASB-27955I" data-link="(I)”>God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NASB-27955J" data-link="(J)”>dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NASB-27956K" data-link="(K)”>lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NASB-27956L" data-link="(L)”>who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NASB-27957M" data-link="(M)”>God gave them over to <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NASB-27957N" data-link="(N)”>degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NASB-27958O" data-link="(O)”>men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.”

—Our society does not like hearing that homosexual behavior is degrading, unnatural, indecent and worthy of penalty.
 
2) Leviticus 18:22
You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”

—Same logic as above. Only in OT law it deserved death.

3) Ephesians 5:23“For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.”
Feminists do not like the roles given here. And feminism is a large movement.

4) 1 Timothy 2:12
“But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.”

—Same logic here. Only keep in mind that secularism/feminism has penetrated the church.

5) Matthew 10:28
“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

— This verse itself is not usually brought up, but the idea of Hell is clear here as well as God’s wrath. Our country hates Hell and hates an angry God, so it seemed appropriate. I will come back to this one though.


The Bible is certainly offensive. However, these verses are not offensive. I would like to identify which verses are actually the most offensive verses in all of Scripture. The following are the verses that ought to be most offensive to all:

1) Genesis 1:1
“In the beginning <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NASB-1B" data-link="(B)”>God <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NASB-1C" data-link="(C)”>created the heavens and the earth.”

2) 2nd Timothy 3:16-17

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, so that <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NASB-29871B" data-link="(B)”>the man of God may be adequate, <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NASB-29871C" data-link="(C)”>equipped for every good work.”

— These are far and above the most offensive verses in the Bible. If these are true then there is a God we must give an account to, and that includes our hatred of the “offensive Bible”. These verses tell us that not only does God exist as judge over us, but that we can access knowledge of Him through the Bible. In other words, if these verses are true, then we must deal with the fact that every verse throughout the rest that we don’t like is actually true. All objections rest on these verses.

3) John 14:6
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

— This verse is highly offensive. This verse is saying that the God-man is the only way to Heaven and the Father. This is very exclusive and narrow. Salvation is only in Christ. This means that without Him we perish. This means that all those Buddhists, Mormons, Secularists, etc,  will not experience eternal joy without having changed who they are completely.

4) Galatians 5: 1-10
“Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you. And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law. You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love. You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough. I have confidence in you in the Lord that you will adopt no other view; but the one who is disturbing you will bear his judgment, whoever he is. But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished. I wish that those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves.”
— These verses are highly offensive when their context is examined. Paul anathematized the Judiazers for adding one work (circumcision) to the law. And that was enough to prove they have  false gospel, not saved, and worthy of hurt. This goes back to exclusivity of Christ. Any effort to even add one single thing to the cross means we don’t have the cross. That’s petrifying.

5) Matthew 10:28
“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

— I said I would come back to this. This one is right. Hell is offensive and scary and it is so because God is more than love contrary to popular Christian ideals. This verse means Hell is real, it’s terrifying, and God is active in it.

Runners-up:

Romans 3: 23
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”

— This attacks our pride. It states that we are not good and worthy of the aforementioned Hell. We think people are good, but we are not. And it’s offensive to be told your wicked and evil. But it’s true.

—Any verse that teaches the Gospel because Paul told us the Gospel is always offensive to unbelievers; it is always foolishness (1 Cor. 1:18For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”)

—Any verse about resurrection. If Jesus did come back to life, everything He said is true and we must give an account to Him.
 

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